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  • Update 99: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (June 30 at 6:15 p.m.)

    In total, 7,407 Albertans have now recovered from COVID-19. Hospitalization rates remain low with 41 people in hospital, nine of whom are in intensive care.

    Latest updates

    • 41 additional cases bring the number of total active cases to 547.
    • Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
      • Calgary zone: 232 active cases and 5,008 recovered
      • South zone: 28 active cases and 1,271 recovered
      • Edmonton zone: 246 active cases and 767 recovered
      • North zone: 36 active cases and 260 recovered
      • Central zone: four active cases and 88 recovered
      • One active case and 13 recovered cases in zones to be confirmed
      • Additional information, including case totals, is online.
    • To date, 789 cases have an unknown exposure.
    • So far, labs have performed 449,451 tests on 395,713 Albertans, with 7,198 tests completed in the last 24 hours.
    • There are no new deaths to report.
      • Total number of deaths is 154: 112 in the Calgary zone; 16 in the North zone; 15 in the Edmonton zone; 10 in the South zone; and one in the Central zone.
    • There are 21 active cases and 733 recovered cases at continuing care facilities; 117 facility residents have died.

    Expanded outdoor gatherings

    • Up to 200 people can now attend audience-type community outdoor events, such as festivals, fireworks displays, rodeos and sporting events, and outdoor performances.
    • All public health measures, including physical distancing, remain in place. Seated outdoor events will still require the necessary space between families and cohorts within stadium-style seating.
    • The 100-person limit remains in place for other outdoor events and indoor seated/audience events.
    • The limit for indoor social gatherings, including wedding and funeral receptions and birthday parties, remains at 50 people maximum.

    Daily case updates

    • There will be no COVID-19 update on Canada Day. The online case numbers will be updated on July 2.
    • Daily case numbers will now be updated every weekday and paused on holidays and weekends.
    • Weekend and holiday case numbers will be reported the next available business day.
    • Daily breakdowns of the data will continue to keep Albertans fully informed. Government will alert Albertans if urgent developments occur on a weekend.

    Alberta’s recovery plan

    Asymptomatic testing at community pharmacies

    • A limited number of community pharmacies have begun to offer testing to Albertans without symptoms and no known exposure to COVID-19, making it easier to access testing and help stop the spread. This is in addition to the robust COVID-19 testing already offered by Alberta Health Services.
    • There are currently 20 pharmacies offering testing. Additional pharmacies are planning to offer testing in the coming weeks.
    • People should call their pharmacy to find out if it offers testing, and to book a test. Anyone who wants to get tested can continue to book an appointment online with the AHS assessment tool.

    Access to justice

    • The Provincial Court of Alberta has released Part 2 of its staged plan for resuming in-person proceedings at some courthouses. Circuit courts remain closed. Details: https://albertacourts.ca/pc/resources/announcements
    • The Court of Queen’s Bench has extended the cap on email, fax and filing fees until Sept. 30. Details are at the link above.

    Supporting Alberta businesses through relaunch

    • The Alberta Biz Connect web page has health and safety guidelines for general workplaces and specific industry sectors. Businesses are encouraged to check for new and updated guidance documents.
    • A template on the website can help businesses plan how to protect employees and patrons from infection. Completing the template is voluntary.

    Albertans downloading tracer app

    • The ABTraceTogether app enhances manual contact tracing and capacity, and facilitates early detection. It means Albertans will be contacted more quickly if they are at risk.
    • Use of the app is voluntary; users must opt in. The app currently has 219,146 registered users.
    • Privacy is protected. The app does not track a user’s physical location or use GPS. All contact data is only on the user’s phone and is deleted after 21 days.  
    • Secure contact tracing is a cornerstone of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy.

    Mental health supports

    • Confidential supports are available to help with mental health concerns. The Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642 and the Addiction Help Line at 1-866-332-2322 operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Canadian Mental Health Association has resources at mentalhealthweek.ca.
    • The Kids Help Phone is available 24-7 and offers professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people by texting CONNECT to 686868.
    • Online resources provide advice on handling stressful situations and ways to talk with children.

    Family violence prevention

    • A 24-hour Family Violence Information Line at 310-1818 provides anonymous help in more than 170 languages.
    • Alberta’s One Line for Sexual Violence is available at 1-866-403-8000, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • People fleeing family violence can call local police or the nearest RCMP detachment to apply for an Emergency Protection Order. The requirement for in-person applications is temporarily suspended.
    • Information sheets and other resources on family violence prevention are at alberta.ca/COVID19.

    Quick facts

    • Good hygiene is the most important measure to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.
      • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, and dispose of tissues appropriately.
    • Albertans are asked to share acts of kindness they have experienced in their community during this difficult time by using the hashtag #AlbertaCares.
    • The Alberta Connects Contact Centre (310-4455) is available to Albertans Monday to Friday, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.